Astronaut Sally Ride died recently of cancer at the age of 61. She is renown for being the first woman ever to go into space.
Now, she may also be known as the first Bisexual to have gone into space.
In Ride's obituaries, after she died of pancreatic cancer, some are referring to her relationship with a woman for the past 27 years. This was not something that came out or was out when she first rode the Challenger space shuttle.
Michelangelo Signorile, the guy famous for outing closeted celebrities, points out that the world-famous astronaut could possibly be Bisexual (see his Huffington Post column here.)
Signorile writes:"It's possible, since Ride was once married to man, that she identified as bisexual or without a label) to fly in space as well."
She is survived by "Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years" according to the obit that appeared the day of her death on July 23. By all accounts, she had a very successful marriage to her husband, fellow astronaut Steve Hawley in 1982 and they divorced in 1987.
Her sister, Bear Ride, who identifies as lesbian, was quoted as saying: "I hope it makes it easier for kids growing up gay that they know that another one of their heroes was like them."